Western Massachusetts LGBT People Wanted

The Sexual Minority Archives, “a national collection of LGBT literature, history, and art,” has announced two new oral history projects aimed at LGBT individuals who live in Western Massachusetts.

The year-long projects focus on transgender people of any age for Trans Stories: Breaking the Silence and LGBT people age 55+ for LGBT Elders Speak Out.   “The lives of our LGBT people, our relationships and families, and our work with groups and organizations often go undocumented and unstudied,” said Bet Power, Executive Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation, Inc. and Director/Curator of the Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA).  “Whether an LGBT person has been part of a major event or community organization or has stories to tell about everyday life, the mission of the SMA is to record, preserve, and make accessible the historical narratives of our lives.  We can help shape a queer people’s history of information that is too often omitted from mainstream libraries and academic archives.”

Oral history interviews will be conducted at the Sexual Minorities Archives in Northampton or in participants’ homes.  Participants may specify the level of privacy or accessibility they wish for their interview as it is added to the media collection at the SMA, and participants will receive both a videotape and transcript of their interview.

For more information, email Brittni Hayes regarding Trans Stories: Breaking the Silence or Samuel Belmonte regarding LGBT Elders Speak Out at sexualminorities [dot] archives [at] yahoo [dot] com, or call Bet Power at 413-584-7616.

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